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chris phillips -
Subject: John Lennon
1972 is the most consistent year for killer shows. the Dead are just coming off an east coast swing of epic proportions. 9/27 just about takes the cake this side of 6/24 1970.
This show is equal in quality to the preceding New Year's show, fairly engaging. Deal and Rider are excellent.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: "Get That Bitch Off The Stage..."
...Were the exact words Grace Slick uttered directly before Bill Graham gently led her off stage.
The Stage Was Set In the middle of Winterland on the north side -- not in it's usual west side stage setup in the east-west formation aligned with Post Street.
This show, on a silent Monday night, was a benefit for the roadies. The New Riders opened.
After listening to this, I know now it was a fabulous concert. But during the show we were in agreement that they were tired from touring and merely going thru the grateful motions. Wrong!
I may as well get the Grace Slick stuff over with in this review a.s.a.p.: She showed up after the break very stoned, very alcohol/cocaine stoned. Stoned with a capital stoned.
Her in-your-face and disrespectful "about the band" scat singing performance was actually humorous and engaging because of the fact that she got up and sang with no warmup and let it fly however it lie. For this purpose was this reviewer spared.
After she got thru screaming, Grace blew us a kiss and left the stage -- "Gram" escorting. -- My impression was that the audience could have taken her or left her and if she wanted to get up there and sing, well, boy howdy, we just didn't care. -- The first set had so well primed us we could have settled easily for Topo Gigo, the Italian Mouse. -- If Grace would have showed up dressed in leathers and cracking a whip it wouldn't have mattered because, after a few rounds, Grace would be gone and we could settle back in for the night long. But no, prior to Truckin' Grace gets up there again likes she's grabbing Spencer's drum vocal mike, and, sizing up the situation, while the GD tuning don't know what's going on, gives up and strolls off stage before squeaking-out another note.
The Grateful Dead played well with her and without
her. It was fun. We all had a great time. I stood in the same place all night long. Though the other members of my party did, I did not eat or drink anything or go to the bathroom.
On the drive home we were in a stoutly critical discussion of how bad the Dead were that night. One of my passengers -- a taciturn young lady who had come along with us for her first GD concert -- spoke up, and blurted, "I don't know what all of you are complaining about! That was the best concert I've ever been to in my life!"
Suddenly the only sound present was the sound of the highway's rushing stationwagon and the dimly backed-off music of KSAN-FM. We all turned silent in realization that she had nailed us. Deadheads are the Dead's harshest critics.
(My justification: How can you blame us? When you
hear your own perfection you just want to hear it again and again.)
Welp, pilgrim, we heard it that night, the perfection, bourne in our cranial cavities again and again. And, of course, pilgrim, you know my miserable plight; It sounds better on this recording than it did that night with the, the Stage Set in the Middle. And Grace! Right!
This recording is hissy. Accept it. Life is a hissy fit. Yours first, then it.
"Get that bitch off the stage!"
Subject: More Grace at the end of Brokedown Palace
Talking about notstalgia, faded out though at the start of Truckin.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" October 9, 1972 at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
5 stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Don't count on all these shows stayin on the IA forever...get em while you can, get em while they're free, get em now or you'll be sorry...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love from 1972.
PS: For easy streaming and/or downloading users of Windows XP should be viewing this web-page with RealPlayer.
Great show i love the 1972 feel of the dead. Jerry's vocals and playing are great. Grace makes a good appearance.
Subject: For What It's Worth . .
A very nice show. Per the comments about the setlist above being out of order, here's a list of the songs included in this recording in order of appearance:
1. Promised Land
3. Me and My Uncle
4. Tennessee Jed
5. Back Throated Wind
6. Friend of the Devil
7. Beat it on Down the Line
9. El Paso
10. Box of Rain
11. China Cat Sunflower
12. I Know You Rider
14. Playing in the Band
15. Slick Jam
16. Hes Gone
17. Big River
18. Mississippi Half Step
19. Greatest Story Ever Told
20. Brokedown Palace
22. The Other One
23. Wharf Rat
24. Sugar Magnolia
25. Casey Jones
Subject: About the
The song files are in the proper order but the setlist posted here is incorrect. Deadlists confirms order of files minus the two missing songs: Mexicali Blues and the encore of Johnny B. Goode. I'll submit an error report and eventually this problem will be resolved.
Great sounding and historic (if that's the right term for Grace Slick's appearance) show. All the old cowboy-hippy tunes are handled with typical 72 excellence! There are some pieces missing here so only a four skull rating.
Subject: wrong songs
These songs have been rearranged. I don't know what pisses me off worse. The fact that some jackass goes and rearranges the song order or puts in three second gaps, or the fact that over a thousand jackasses have downloaded this show and not one has bothered to make a note such situations. 2 stars because it is not history as it occurred.
Subject: Drunken Grace
I had hopes that Grace was there to replace Donna, but alas, she was only there to embarrass herself. Fun show though, and if you know what Jerry meant by "it didn't pop folks, it just disappeared" you were there. Sounds good for late 72. 4 stars
Subject: Not First
There is at least one Box of Rain that predates this version by more than two years (9/17/70 - acoustic). This detail however, takes nothing away from this fine show.
Subject: Grace Slick
Good sound, good show, plus the only known appearance of Grace Slick with the Dead. I went to this show. Grace came out at the start of the second set. The Dead played a short, blues jam to which she added impromptu lyrics - she appeared to be totally ripped. At the end of the tune, she staggered around the stage, rearranging everyone's mic stands until Bill Graham led her off. She reappeared briefly before Truckin and Graham again got her off to the side of the stage where she and he could be seen dancin to Truckin. Ahh, the good old days . . .
One of the best and most intense "playing' ive heard.If you dont do anything else download this tune. 5+Stars for playing alone!!
Subject: 1st Box of Rain
Great sound and energy to this one. 1st Box of Rain and it sounds great and has nice energy to it, Donna adds nicely without killing it too. Definately check out this show for many reasons (Other One > Wharf Rat, Sugar Mags)